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New In-Person Support Group for Hoarders in Spokane!
Monday, May 14, 2012, 9am – 11am (First session in this New group!)

Buried in Treasures Workshop by Lightening the Load
Sheltering Tree Church,5025 N Market, Spokane, WA 99217

This workshop is a designed to be a Facilitated Self-Help group (FiSH) for people whom hoard/clutter. The group will meet for 15 sessions to discuss the text, “Buried in Treasures”
(Tolin, Frost, & Steketee, 2007), check in on individual progress, challenges, successes and goals.

More information

Animal Hoarding:

We aren’t aware of any specialized resources in this area for animal hoarding right now, but below are good sources of information that may help lead you to find resources in your area:



Assessment & Measurement Tools:



Authority in the U.S. for Information about Hoarding Disorder:






Cleaning Companies-Hoarded Environments:




•Additional crisis cleaning/hoarding related
•Want to break into the hoarded home cleaning business?

•Hoarder Home Specialist Course




Henry S. Levine, MD
1326 East Laurel Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
Phone: (360) 671-0383
Fax: (360).756.8850

Lisa J. Shaw, PhD
55 1st Place NW
Issaquah, WA 98027
Phone: (425) 681-3760

Stacy Shaw Welch, PhD
Anxiety & Stress Reduction Center of Seattle
1218 3rd Avenue-Suite 500
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: (206).374.0109
Email: swelch@cbtseattle.com

Travis L. Osborne, PhD.
Anxiety & Stress/Reduction Center of Seattle
Suite 500, 1218 3rd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: (206).374.0109
Email: tosborne@ebtseattle.com



Image source-My Mother’s Garden Documentary

  • National Center on Elder Abuse: State Directory of Helplines, Hotlines, and Elder Abuse Prevention Resources-State reporting numbers, government agencies, state laws, state-specific data and statistics, and other resources.
  • The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. (NAELA) was founded in 1987 as a professional association of attorneys who are dedicated to improving the quality of legal services provided to people as they age and people with special needs.
  • National Association Senior Move Managers -Facilitates “the physical and emotional aspects of relocation for older adults, with a national referral network, for delivery of services with compassion and integrity.”


Elder & hoarding related info & news stories



Fire Departments Specially Trained for Hoarded Structures/Related:

Clutter once again hampers firefighters’ efforts
By KATU.com Staff Published: Feb 21, 2012

Currently we don’t know of any specialized training in this area. Here’s what they are doing in Arizona though-hooray AZ!:

Maricopa County firefighters practice battling fires in hoarder homes.
Watch the video.

Fire & safety hoarding related news stories


Hoarding Task Forces & Related Services:

We aren’t aware of any Hoarding Task Forces in this area at this time, but please check the two sites* above who may have more current listings than we do at the present time.



Professional Organizers:


Excerpt from: Professional Organizers & Hoarding Clients

  • by Cristina Sorrentino Schmalisch, PhD, LICSW

Professional organizers can provide important help for clients who are getting mental health treatment for hoarding. Very few mental health providers make home visits and even those who do can usually only provide limited visits (for example, once per month). Working with a professional organizer can give clients critical hands-on help with their hoarded items. Ideally, the professional organizer would contact the therapist and work with them to help the client’s hoarding symptoms.

Some professional organizers have specialized training in working with hoarding or related problems, such as chronic disorganization (CD). This specialized Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) provides information about CD and trains professionals to work effectively with this problem. However, CD is not the same as hoarding because a person may be chronically disorganized without having hoarding (for example, because of current depression or attention deficit disorder). In contrast, most people who hoard do have CD. The ICD provides contact information for professional organizers with different levels of expertise in working with CD (www.challengingdisorganization.org). The National Association of Professional Organizers provides contact information for the broader group of professional organizers and also provides training opportunities.


The ICD offers a variety of resources to help both people who are challenged by chronic disorganization and the professionals who work with them:

  • The Code of Ethics provides guidelines for professionals and also helps potential clients know what to expect of an ethical organizer
  • The Useful Links section provides links to outside organizations that offer information and assistance to chronically disorganized people
  • The ICD Clutter-Hoarding Scale is a free assessment tool to help professional organizers and related professionals evaluate the health and safety aspect of clutter/hoarding situations
  • The FAQs section provides answers to questions the public might have about chronic disorganization and the ICD
  • The ICD is involved in collaborative research projects relating to chronic disorganization. The Research Projects section describes that work.
  • Additional reading from the ICD

•Want to break into the organizing business & help hoarding clients?
•The Board of Certification for Professional Organizers
(BCPO®) (certifying body whose charter is to increase the professionalism of the organizing industry)



Support Groups, In-person-Family Members of Hoarders:


  • 10/12: This is a new COH group for the Seattle area.  Please contact marinl.coh@gmail.com for more information.


Related news article:
January 26, 2012 in Washington Voices
Spokane group helps hoarders and their children come clean



  • The Hoarding Project
    Our monthly family member support group in TACOMA has changed days, times and locations!! 

    We will now be meeting on the 2nd WEDNESDAY of the month from 5:30 to 7:30pm at the Anna McCormick Community Rooms at the Anna Lemon Wheelock Library: 3722 North 26th Street, Tacoma, WA 98407

    For more information, please contact Gretchen Glass: gretchen@thehoardingproject.org


Support Groups, In-person-Hoarders:


Next session begins on
MONDAY, MAY 14, 2012, 9am – 11am (First session in this exciting new group!)
Meetings held at Sheltering Tree Church
5025 N. Market, Spokane WA 99207


Manual for Facilitating a Support Group
from the IOCDF, if you’d like to start a group in your area!



Treatment Centers/Clinics for Hoarders:

We aren’t aware of any at this time in this area



Additional Information/Resources:

  • The Hoarding Project “The mission of is to change our culture’s understanding about hoarding behavior through research-informed therapy, education, and professional collaboration.”
  • Upcoming Research Study Research
    Within the next few weeks, The Hoarding Project will begin recruiting people who hoard and family members of people who hoard to participate in a national internet survey which will investigate how family dynamics and unresolved trauma may influence hoarding behavior.
  • NEW Professional Certification Program Education
    Are you a professional who works with clients who hoard and their families and the work has become more than you bargained for? Have you been looking for more training opportunities to build your scope of practice and skills in this particular area?The Hoarding Project is working to develop a three-level professional certification program to serve this purpose! First Level I training will be held on Tuesday, March 20th in Tacoma, Washington. Click here for more information on registration

  • For code compliance concerns within Seattle, call the city’s Department of Construction and Land Use Complaint Hot Line at 206-684-7899.

News Articles/Media:

December 27, 2007
Detectives Go Beyond the Badge to Help BI Family Out of Squalor

May 21, 2007
The best help for hoarders is understanding

From the way back machine:
October 29, 2002
Task force tries to save those who save too much
Hoarding, a growing problem, is a nuisance to neighbors and can create dangers in the home

General hoarding related news articles in our archives/all areas, if you’d like to see how the reporting has changed (and readers comments) with all the recent awareness about Hoarding Disorder:

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Disclaimer re: all services/businesses/providers
The services, businesses, treatment providers and all others (as well as external links) listed do not mean a recommendation or endorsement by Children of Hoarders Inc. These listings are for sharing general knowledge on what is available only. All businesses and services should be carefully researched by consumers before entering in to any contract or any schedule of services what-so-ever. Children of Hoarders Inc. has no affiliation with any of the businesses or services listed, nor does it receive any commissions for services contracted by our site visitors. Children of Hoarders Inc. is not responsible for the business practices, services or fees, of anyone listed in these pages, or the content of any external links.

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  • 2-alarm fire response

    Twenty-two firefighter apparatuses battle blaze on North Forker Road

    “My parents are compulsive hoarders and this is the result,” Bjerke said.

  • The Hoarding Project
    Our monthly family member support group in TACOMA has changed days, times and locations!!
    We will now be meeting on the 2nd WEDNESDAY of the month from 5:30 to
    7:30pm at the Anna McCormick Community Rooms at the Anna Lemon Wheelock
    Library: 3722 North 26th Street, Tacoma, WA 98407 For more information, please contact Gretchen Glass: gretchen@thehoardingproject.org

    The Hoarding Project
    Hoarding Project welcomes Gretchen Glass, our new extern in Washington!
    Gretchen will be taking over our Washington support groups beginning
    next month and will be expanding the groups to Seattle beginning this
    fall! We are very excited to have Gretchen as part of our team. 🙂

  • Seattle, WA
    new COH group meeting at the following cafe at 7:00pm on April 22nd.

    Mosaic Coffee House:
    4401 2nd Ave NE Seattle, WA 98105